Manuel Neri: The Human Figure in Plaster and on Paper
June 12, 2018
Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery
(Yale University Press)
This publication examines the body of work of American sculptor Manuel Neri (b. 1930) through the perspective of one of Neri’s former students. A near-contemporary of fellow California-based artists Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud, Neri is best known for his large-scale figurative sculptures that combine classical figuration with the dynamic mark-making of Abstract Expressionism. The book traces the often contradictory thematic arcs of Neri’s work and his greater impact on the field of sculpture.
At the heart of the publication are Jock Reynolds’s personal reflections on Neri and his legacy as a teacher, adding insight to the scholarly understanding of the artist. Photographs of Neri in his studio, archival images, and installation photos of the related exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery round out the book.